President Obama and the Golden Rule.
This is a call to those who love the faith. If you are not Catholic, this may not be for you. Be forewarned:
So, the campaign continues. The President of the United States this past week back-pedaled his previous statements concerning Homosexual Marriage, and now says with unsurprising forwardness, that he is in full support of it. Now, this does not come as a surprise to the Right, and comes with much joy for the majority of the Left. Though I am not surprised, and almost glad that a word of truth has finally passed the mouth of the president, it is what followed his statement of support that turns my slightly obese stomach absolutely inside out even further.
What I am going to say may offend the more Liberal minded. I fully expect that. But here’s my beef:
“[Y]ou know… we [the First Lady and I] are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a as a dad and a husband and hopefully the better I’ll be as president.”
Firstly, “practicing Christians”?
Secondly, “when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule”
The Golden Rule? Really? Now don’t get me wrong, the Lord’s call to us to do unto others as we would have done to us is beautiful, but this idea has become the mantra of the relativist crowd the world over. They have taken something spoken of by the Logos, the Word Incarnate, and turned it into an excuse to perform all every sort of evil in the name of tolerance. This was not the point our Lord was making.
The Golden Rule always reminds me of the awful posters that hung in most of my religion classes, and was plastered on the walls of the chaplain’s office in the Catholic High School I attended. It showed the similarities of the different religions on how to treat people. Needless to say, the poster exclaimed in all its tackiness that all the religions agree: Treat people nicely, because it’s the right thing to do!
Now, we could run the list of many ways that the beloved President of the United States actually breaks the “Golden Rule”, namely his treatment of the Unborn. God have mercy on him for his tyranny. This, however, is not the purpose of this blog. What I want to discuss is how I find that he, along with his entourage of Catholic dissidents, and those misinformed Catholics, especially those in teaching positions and those in ministry share a common flaw.
They ignore the entirety of the Gospel.
I believe in treating people right, do not get me wrong. But the Golden Rule of Jesus Christ was never to only treat others they way you like to be treated. If it is a Golden Rule, it is a stepping stone on the way to His Platinum rule, which I believe supersedes any other Golden Rule from any religion. What is his Platinum Rule?
“Love one another as I have loved you”. John 13:34-35
How does Jesus love?
He loves in giving Himself entirely, without consideration of personal gain, in order to save us from unending despair, apart from His love through His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. But He does not stop there. He wants to properly restore us to the glory we originally were meant to have. So, He calls us out of our sins, calls us to repentance and conversion. He makes demands; demands that He knows will benefit us now and in the end. He gives Himself to us until the end of time in the Most Blessed Sacrament. He gives us the Holy Spirit, and provides us with Shepherds to guide and lead us, and to protect the Truth, which does not change based on social norms. There are many ways in which He loves us. But one way that He does not love is He does not let us remain where we are. He calls us to more than to just be ourselves, in whatever state we are in.
The misunderstanding of Jesus’ Golden Rule left me with a bad taste in my mouth as a teenager, but I don’t think I understood back then, the implications of placing Jesus on the same level as other religions to the scale that I see it today. One of the teens in a youth ministry I worked for years ago told us that his religion teacher, in a Catholic high school, felt that “all religions led to the same place, so it didn’t matter which religion you followed”. The Core member said to that teen, “You know what you need to say to your teacher?”
Frankly, I would have asked the teacher,
But this Core member’s response was much more charitable and a stronger witness.
The heretics and dissidents will always appeal to God to make their claims sound legitimate. Beware of them. They are as Pope St. Pius X states in his encyclical Pascendi Gregoris those who strike the tree of the Church at its root in order to fill the tree of the Church with poisonous heresy. It is time for us not simply to stand in defense of the faith when the problems arise, but to stand strong and proud for this faith we hold at every moment. Recognize, it is not simply that we are against sins like homosexual marriage (not that such a thing could actually be called “marriage”- we’ll write a blog on this later), but we are for life-giving love, in the context of a Sacrament, which is meant to give grace to the world. We are not simply about treating people nicely. We are about selflessly loving others, not simply because it is how we would like to be treated, but because we love people, and love God in people – period. Do not simply defend against the negative (though that is a necessary thing to do), but stand for the true, the good, the beautiful, and testify to the goodness of those things, not simply the wrongness of that which is being done.
When we as Catholics, see someone like President Obama building a Jesus of his own making, who has no problem with sin, that supports his every move, and does not call him to transcend above the fallen world, we must call it out; we are obliged tear down this golden calf, with its selfish “golden rules”, and point to the real Jesus Christ who loves infinitely and calls us to holiness of life. Take great joy in knowing the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity personally and point to the Truth with conviction and hope.
It’s time, Catholics, for us not only to smash heresy like this,
But it’s time to stand for the truth, no matter the cost, and do it with joy!
In the Immaculata,